More good news about bringing the Harlem Valley Rail Trail to Hillsdale! The state of New York has just announced it will spend $375,000 to pave a 1.2-mile section of the trail extension. This portion runs from Copake Falls, where the paved trail currently ends, north to Orphan Farm Road in Copake, just south of the sharp curve in Route 22.
Just a few months ago, the state awarded a $375,000 grant toward paving the section of the trail extension on the west side of Route 22, a 1.5-mile stretch ending at Anthony Street near the Herrington’s parking lot. Unlike the latest funding, the grant requires the community to come up with matching money. Work on fundraising is under way. Currently, the rail trail extension, with a packed dirt and gravel surface, is suitable for walking, running and mountain biking.
The Copake Hillsdale Rail Trail Alliance is working with the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association and the Columbia Land Conservancy to extend this wonderful recreational resource for bikers, walkers, runners and cross-country skiers to our town. To learn more about the Copake to Hillsdale Rail Trail Extension visit their website here: www.railtrailextension.com
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